CAT 2010 exam is over, now ready for CAT 2011 exam. It is time to face B-school entrances exams. Hence, it is ease to understand the fundamental differences between CAT, FMS, XAT and SNAP. Each exam has its own identity and you should ideally have strategies to counter this uniqueness. For that, one needs to have an overview of the entrance tests. Let us go through some differences of entrance exams with respect to CAT:
1) XAT: Xavier's Labour Relations Institute (XLRI), Jamshedpur, XAT is among the rigorous B-school entrance exams. Candidate should focus on verbal logic, progressive negative marking, a few decision making liberties with unpredictable topics makes XAT entrance exam a tough nut to crack. XAT 2011 exam was held on January 2, 2011.
A) Verbal Aptitude: The level of difficulty this section of XAT 2011 was huge and there was an array of questions from RC’s, critical reasoning, FIJ’s, parajumbles. There is negative marking.
B) Quantitative Aptitude & Data Interpretation: Candidate should not more focus on heavy mathematics concepts and only go though basic formulas, calculations, data interpretation caselets last year were very complicated.
C) Logical Reasoning & Decision Making: This section is like other B-school entrances. At times, this portion can be tough and require more time and patience.
2) FMS: Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), Delhi, and this exam will take 2 Hours. FMS Exam is easier than CAT entrance exam, but a focus on high level of mathematics and vocabulary.
A) Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension: Most of this section can be successfully by students who have a good ability to English language. The passage for reading is ease but was quite lengthy.
B) Logical Reasoning: This section of FMS entrance examk easier than Logical reasoning section of other MBA entrance exams. Candidate should focus on series, alpha-numeric reasoning and logical reasoning.
C) Quantitative Ability: Students who are good with numbers and formulas can solve this section without any problems.
3) SNAP: SNAP entrance exam is a gateway to plethora of MBA programmes offered by Symbiosis International University. It’s easier than CAT with the few differences being the GK section, and a logical reasoning section which gives a higher weightage than the other sections.
A) General Awareness: Resist having the lowest cut-offs across the paper, it is the section which makes or breaks your chances of making it to well-earned Symbiosis. This section eludes the best of the aspirants from the interview call. In which questions are from various topics and comprises of plethora of topics like affairs, sports, business, and so on.
B) Quantitative Aptitude: It’s simplest section than other section in the whole exam. Direct application based questions are asked in this section of SNAP.
C) Logical Reasoning: Marks you score in this section form a major part of your total score of SNAP. Some of the questions from critical reasoning, visual reasoning and few from syllogisms.
D) Verbal Ability: This section is basically focused on vocabulary and on grammar. The only thing was that last year they have taken a significant number of RC questions.